SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable Shows in the Next Week 

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ROCK | Bishop Don
w/ Extra Blue Kind
Thurs. Jan. 26

Working in and around the busy Atlanta rock scene, versatile guitar-pop power trio Bishop Don have made a name for themselves as a high-energy indie band capable of switching gears and jumping from one head-nodding groove to another — from reggae-tinged funk rock to grungy Americana to full-on riff-o-rama. Guitarist and lead singer Blair Crimmins, bassist Jesse Cole, and drummer Cliff Losee return to Charleston this week behind their brand new, independently-released album Flowers From The Devil. "Bishop Don's music is difficult to define, but the band wouldn't have it any other way," says Crimmins. Opening the show are Extra Blue Kind, a melodic indie-rock quartet from Indianapolis. Lead singer and guitarist David Hazel, guitarist Trevor Wathen, drummer Randee Eimer, and bassist Brian Peterson are busy touring behind a clean and peppery collection titled The Tide and the Undertow. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY

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HArd-ROCK | Southern Bitch
w/ The Wrinkle-Neck Mules
Fri. Jan. 27
Pour House

Critics and fans have made a lot of noise about Athens, Ga. band Southern Bitch's twangy 4/4 rock and frontman Adam Musick's expressive singing style. Watching their recent Charleston performances at the Village Tavern and the Windjammer, it was clearly Musick's cool-headed (but blazing) lead guitar work that really stood out and grabbed hold of the audience. As featured on the latest disc, Snake in the Grass — released on the Austin label, Captiva Records — the guitarist belts it out on the mic with soul and grit and wails like a pro. The shaggy-haired budding guitar hero (pictured above at the far left), his wife and rhythm guitarist Wendy Musick, bassist Chuck Bradburn, and drummer Chris Ellenburg return for a show this week at the Pour House before embarking on a February tour supporting fellow Americana-rocker Will Hoge. —TBL FRIDAY

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ROCK | Chris Trapper
Sat. Jan. 28
Village Tavern

Known best for his work as the longtime frontman with Boston-based alterna-pop group The Push Stars, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Chris Trapper has furthered his solo career with a lush new album. In March 2004, the Push Stars released Paint The Town, featuring the acoustic track, "Keg on My Coffin" — a catchy little ditty picked up by local "rock alternative" station 96 Wave, who played it randomly throughout '05. "That was awesome," says Trapper. "We went from playing in front of 50 people to playing in front of larger crowds. I'm really looking forward to getting back to Charleston." He recently released his second solo album, a Tom Waits-meets-Leon Redbone affair titled Gone Again. With backing from Boston's Wolverine Jazz Band — John Clark (clarinet, saxophone), Jeff Hughes (cornet, trumpet), Tom Boates (trombone), Ross Petot (piano), and Jimmy Mazzy (banjo) — Gone Again is a jazzy departure from the straight ahead power-pop of The Push Stars. —TBL SATURDAY

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TRIBUTE | Badfish
w/ The Movement
Sat. Jan. 28
Music Farm
$15 ($12 adv.)

They say Rhode Island tribute band Badfish seem to be "channeling the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt in a long time." They say fans "keep returning to see 'em, showing up two or three hours before the opener goes on, just to claim a spot near the front." They say they are "technically skilled players" and "sound just like Sublime." They say they're "selling out venues with regularity" and "continue to dazzle both promoters and fans." They say they'll cover the bases — from Sublime's early albums 40 Oz. to Freedom and Robbin' the Hood to their final self-titled effort. Nearly ten years after the untimely death of Sublime lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter Brad Nowell, they'll say a lot of things. —TBL SATURDAY


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